An Osteomyologist, (Osteo-bone, Myo-muscle, Ology-study of), is a person trained in looking at the skeletal, nervous and muscular systems within the body. Osteomyologists are made up of various therapists including Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Remedial Masseurs. Their prime objective is to create an environment whereby the body can instigate its own healing process and become pain free.
OSTEOMYOLOGISTS - WHO ARE THEY?
Osteomyologists do not provide a specific treatment as such, they are a group of practitioners from different backgrounds, coming together to share their knowledge of the way the body functions and the techniques used to restore function, health and well being. Osteomyology works with the initial chosen therapy of its practitioners and helps them to develop further skills from other disciplines. This constantly encourages all of its practitioners to become multi disciplined and helps them to achieve the best form of patient care.
"My initial training took the form of Remedial Massage. I chose this therapy following my own structural problems that went unresolved by the NHS. Having been referred to a Remedial Masseur by a friend, the results were life changing. I had to know more. It became my core discipline and allowed a natural progression towards becoming an Osteomyologist."
Remedial massage is different to many forms of massage in that it does not set out to relax the patient; its intention is to address a mechanical problem. However, all-round health improvement can be seen: better sleep, increased vitality and performance levels, as well as increased mobility and a reduction and ultimately an end to pain. It is a deep therapeutic treatment done by skilled hands to create the conditions the body needs to return to optimal health after recent (acute) injury, or long term (chronic) pain.
"To be an accomplished therapist one needs an excellent knowledge of anatomy and physiology to determine where and how to treat each patient. Full recovery only results from accurate orthopaedic assessment and treatment."
CONDITIONS - WHAT CAN BE ADDRESSED ?
•Pain Linked to Posture
•Restricted Range of Motion
•Leg Length Discrepancy
•Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
•Repetitive Strain Injury
1st APPOINTMENT - WHAT TO EXPECT?
On your first visit to the clinic you will be required to fill out a confidential patient questionnaire. As well as helping with assessment, this will provide information relating to GP or specialist appointments attended. This is important as with patient permission, it can give the therapist access to any relevant scan or x-ray results, which could assist with treatment. Also, a list of medical conditions and prescribed drugs will be noted on the questionnaire, helping ensure that the appropriate form of treatment is provided. Once completed, further questions will be asked to help determine "primary pathology", meaning what is actually going wrong to cause the pain, weakness or lack of motion. The term "secondary pathology" relates to how you feel, what hurts, what lacks motion, what lacks sensation etc... "All of these symptoms let you know something is wrong, but not what has gone wrong. My job is to determine primary pathology and get to the root cause of your problem."
Included in the initial examination, a laser line assessment will also be made. "As we get older our posture changes due to many factors including, falls and accidents, stress, lack of exercise, work and postural habits, sleep patterns, poor diet and the simple effect of gravity constantly pushing us into the ground. If you were able to look at any skeletal diagram you would see a plumb line running from top to bottom through the centre of the skeleton. If you are structurally balanced, when looking from the side, this line passes through certain joints and when looking from behind, the line will pass through the centre of each of the spinal vertebrae. The laser line indicates in which direction, whether up, down, left or right certain points of the skeleton have moved to. Coupled with the use of orthopaedic assessments, an accurate picture is attained leading to a specific form of treatment.
The type of treatment received varies from patient to patient and from session to session. It may include Remedial Massage to restore muscle function, Muscle Energy Techniques and Positional Release Techniques to make structural adjustments to the spine and other joints. Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and Fascial Release Techniques amongst others could also be used. All of these techniques aim to promote correct alignment of bone and soft tissue, bringing about a pain free situation.
Where appropriate, specific exercises or stretches will be shown that can be used away from the clinic. These will initially help to speed up recovery, allowing for less treatment, and ultimately help to maintain correct muscle tone and alignment. This can help to reduce the need for future maintenance appointments.
"At the clinic I strive to provide the best service possible to all of my patients including if necessary, referral to their GP for further investigation. I offer care for the full musculo-skeletal system to patients from all walks of life including professional athletes, office workers, pregnant and new mothers, children, manual workers, the elderly, in fact anyone can benefit. No one has to suffer pain or discomfort."
Everyone is treated with professionalism and privacy is respected at all times. "I strive to provide the best service possible to all patients in a warm and caring environment."